As Seattle dog walkers and pet sitters, we at PugetPets are accustomed to our awesome clients providing the very highest standards of loving care to their animal companions. All the pets we care for are pampered! But thousands of Seattle pets do not share their good fortune. Suffering from abuse, neglect or abandonment, many find themselves at shelters and rescue organizations frightened and in need of food, veterinary care and basic comforts. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift this holiday season or just need something last-minute for the animal lover on your list, consider giving a gift on their behalf to a Seattle area shelter or pet-aid organization.
Our area has many worthy non-profit organizations devoted to helping Seattle pets in need. They all rely on our donations, and there are several ways to give:
Most organizations accept online donations, so helping pets in need has never been easier. Whether you make a major gift in the name of a special (human or animal) friend or donate your jar of quarters for a heartfelt “stocking stuffer,” any amount helps. Many organizations will send a “thank you” to the person in whose honor the donation was made. The Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle Humane, PAWS, Pasado’s Safe Haven and Homeward Pet are just a few of the shelter and rescue organizations in the greater Seattle area that can always use our help:
Many smaller non-profits also perform this vital work. A state-by-state directory of shelters can be found here:
Going to a pet store to buy gifts for pets in need is a great way to involve kids in compassionate giving. Most shelters need food, blankets, towels, bedding, toys and other items, and many provide a “wish list” on their websites. Check with the shelter you wish to help to see what they need most urgently.
Many Seattle area pets are well loved by their low-income or homeless guardians, but it can be difficult for them to get the care they may need. Consider donating to an organization that provides veterinary care and/or a pet food bank for those who need help providing for their four-legged family members.
The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic is a volunteer-run clinic that operates out of Union Gospel Mission’s facility in Seattle. They provide veterinary care, partner with the City of Seattle’s spay and neuter program, and run a pet food bank. The Doney Clinic has an extensive list of needed new or “gently used” items, so putting together a clinic care package would make a great family giving project.
In addition to providing shelter, sanctuary and adoption for abused and neglected dogs, cats and farm animals, Pasado’s Safe Haven operates a pet food bank incentive program. The organization partners with “local ‘human’ food banks and other retailers to distribute donated dog and cat food to less fortunate companion animals” in Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties. They accept donations of food and needed supplies. Visit their website for the locations of their donation bins:
Wish every pet could be as well loved and cared for as yours? Help make this holiday wish come true by making a donation to the Seattle area pet-aid organization of your choice. Give a last-minute gift with lasting impact, and help ensure every rabbit and reptile, parrot and ferret, and of course, every dog and cat a happy holiday and hope for a happy life.